Peshawar: Man denied bail in murder case
Peshawar: The Peshawar High Court on Friday dismissed bail petition of an accused charged with kidnapping and killing a minor boy after failing to get ransom from his family.
A single bench comprising Justice Dost Mohammad Khan observed that keeping the heinous nature of the crime and evidence on record, the petitioner, Mehran Khan, did not deserve to be set free on bail.
The deceased, Naveed Khan, a boy of 12, had gone missing on March 11, 2010, and a report was registered at Levies Post Batkhela. The complainant in the case was father of the boy, Saeed Khan.
The complainant alleged that initially they received message from unidentified persons to pay ransom to the tune of Rs18 million, which was later on brought down to Rs4 million.
He said that the kidnappers claimed that they belonged to a group of Taliban and if they were not paid money, they would kill the boy.
Later, the levies force arrested the accused, who happened to be a neighbour of the kidnapped boy. The authorities recovered the body buried inside the house of the accused.
Mehran Khan recorded his confessional statement on May 15, 2010, and stated that the boy`s death was accidental and added that he got electrocuted while repairing an electric water pump. The accused was charged under section 7 of the Anti Terrorism Act and section 302 and 364-A of Pakistan Penal Code.
The state counsel contended that the accused-petitioner had confessed his guilt and the evidence fully connect him with the offence. He added that the body of the deceased was also recovered from his residence.